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The Myth of the “Smart” Fridge

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The smart fridge is the cliché people usually refer to when discussing the Internet of things. I will use this mythical smart fridge of the future to reveal insights about the technology we will need to use as we design products for the Internet of Things.

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The Myth of the “Smart” Fridge

  1. 1. The Myth of the “Smart” Fridge (and The Internet of Things) #WebExpo
  2. 2. @xgmediaAvi Itzkovitch UI/UX Designer
  3. 3. 1974 Troy, Ohio
  4. 4. Connected Devices Identified Objects
  5. 5. CONNECTED DEVICES
  6. 6. Flex - Make fitness a lifestyle.
  7. 7. TweetPee: Huggies sends a tweet when baby's wet
  8. 8. CubeSensors – Improving indoor living.
  9. 9. iDoorCam - WiFi enabled Digital Doorbell
  10. 10. Pintofeed – Remotely feed your pet using your phone.
  11. 11. FedEx SenseAware - A tracking device for packages
  12. 12. 1998: The V-sync Internet Refrigerator. “With a speedy Pentium II microprocessor and huge hard drive, it packs more computing power than most home PCs, and has separate compartments for fruit and vegetables.”
  13. 13. 2003: LG's Digital Multimedia Side-By- Side Fridge Freezer with LCD Display "It's the ultimate in kitchen technology with a built-in MP3 player, e-mail and video mail using a built-in camera and microphone. Check on the latest news and weather - all without leaving the kitchen. And it's great for storing food too."
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  15. 15. 2012: Samsung's T9000 Smart Refrigerator
  16. 16. LG Smart Refrigerator
  17. 17. People go to the store and buy a third batch of spring onions because they forgot they already had them.“ --KURT JOVAIS, SAMSUNG'S VICE PRESIDENT OF HOME APPLIANCES
  18. 18. "Smart fridge? Idiot fridge, more like...No one wants the obligation of keeping their fridge informed unless they're seriously short on inter- personal relationships" --SUSIE STEINER, A HOUSE AND HOME BLOGGER FOR THE GUARDIAN.
  19. 19. Egg Minder – The Smart Egg Tray
  20. 20. Convenience is a strong differentiator, and consumers will tend to adopt technology that is most convenient to their way of life.
  21. 21. Connected Devices Identified Objects
  22. 22. IDENTIFIED OBJECTS
  23. 23. RFID Radio Frequency Identification
  24. 24. RFID Tags RFID Reader RFID Information Processing Systems
  25. 25. RFID technology is the conduit between the physical world and the digital world. It allows physical objects to be wirelessly identified and differentiated by computers.
  26. 26. Barcode Objects
  27. 27. SO HOW WILL THE SMART FRIDGE WORK?
  28. 28. Smart Cabinet Stanley InnerSpace SpaceTRAX® plus RFI
  29. 29. WHAT ABOUT LEFTOVERS?
  30. 30. If you're having that much trouble keeping track of your food and where it's stored, you're buying too much food.
  31. 31. Koubachi – Wi-Fi Plant Sensor gives your plant a voice
  32. 32. WHAT WILL MAKE IT SMART?
  33. 33. Nest - The Learning Thermostat
  34. 34. TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY SENSOR WI-FI ANTENNA NEAR-FIELD MOTION SENSOR FAR-FIELD MOTION SENSOR AMBIENT LIGHT SENSOR TEMPERATURE SENSOR RADIO - Connects with home Wi-Fi network
  35. 35. 56 % 27 %
  36. 36. DOES IT NEED A SCREEN?
  37. 37. August – A Safe, Simple and Social Smart Lock Set to Revolutionize Home Access
  38. 38. 1974 Troy, Ohio
  39. 39. 1974 - 8:01AM Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio
  40. 40. 1974 - 8:01AM Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio Cashier Sharon Buchanan (30 yrs later)
  41. 41. 10-pack of Juicy Fruit, Smithsonian Institution
  42. 42. medium.com
  43. 43. Designing with Sensors
  44. 44. Thank you  Avi Itzkovitch www.XGmedia.com @xgmedia

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